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National Wine & Cheese Day

Hi Wine Lovers,

My name is Katherine and I’d like to welcome you to The Good Drop Wine Shoppe’s Wine Blog. In honor of National Wine and Cheese Day, I thought I would break down the harmonious relationship between cheese and wine. 

Rule #1… Don’t overanalyze cheese and wine pairings, it’s best to learn from trying what you like and don’t like. 

Rule #2… Funkier cheese= sweeter wines.

Rule #3… Pair wines and cheeses that have equal intensity, that way one doesn’t overshadow the other. A good rule of thumb is higher alcohol wines= more intense cheeses.

Rule #4… When in doubt, pair your wine and cheese combination with Pringle’s. The saltiness cuts the cheese’s creaminess in a balanced and yummy way.

Here’s a few good suggestions…

Pinot Noir & Gruyere

The smooth red berry fruit flavors from Pinot Noirs are complemented by the nutty and rich flavors of gruyere. Talk about a match made in heaven!

Bubbles & Brie

The soft texture of brie cut by the sharp, ripe acidity of sparkling wines creates a balanced sensory experience. In my mind, this is a perfect contrast for warm summer evening appetizer.

Cabernet Sauvignon & Aged Cheddar

A big cheddar needs a wine to elevate the intensity by matching its flavor profile. I find the dry tannins in a good cab balances out the fattiness of an aged cheddar.

Sauvignon Blanc & Goat Cheese

Goat cheese is the perfect blank canvas for the citrus and mineral notes of a Sauvignon Blanc. This particular wine’s complexity brings out an herbal characteristic from the heaviness of goat cheese. 

And Lastly, My Personal Favorite…. Fondue Cheese & Pinot Blanc

The compelling origin of Pinot Blanc has instilled a curiosity in me. It started with a cluster of Pinot Noir grapes that began to turn white, zero interference, and came to be the light-bodied and dry white wine it is today. The airy and crisp expression of Pinot Blanc cuts the thick creaminess in fondue cheese.

Please share your favorite wine and cheese pairings with us by tagging @gooddropwineshoppe

Cheers,

The Good Drop Girls

P.S. I hope this blog post made you thirsty and hungry 🙂

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Here for The Right Riesling

Hello Wine Lovers,

Welcome back to The Good Drop Wine Shoppe’s Wine Blog. It’s Katherine again, and today I thought I would talk about all things Riesling. Maybe your love for Riesling started by watching Somm: Into the Bottle 2 (my personal story), your Grandfather’s favorite wine is Riesling, or you just happened upon a Riesling during your latest wine shopping spree… My hope is that after reading this blog post your love for Riesling might grow.

“When life gives you lemons… Drink Riesling” – Yours Truly

Traditionally, most Riesling wines are on the sweeter end of the spectrum to balance the high acidity. However, nowadays there are plenty of fantastic dry Rieslings on the market. The Riesling wines that tend to be drier are the perfect refreshing companion on a hot day, boasting its simplicity as a leaner-wine. Riesling grapes can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. 

This particular wine varietal has a colorful heritage originating in Germany, where today, this grape continues to thrive. With only a little over 89,000 acres planted worldwide, Riesling is considered a rare varietal. Rieslings typically have intense aromas of orchard fruits, honeycomb, jasmine, and a touch of striking petrol. I like this varietal because it comes in many shapes and sizes, and conforms to no one flavor profile. I typically taste lime, meyer lemon, pineapple, and apricot in most Rieslings. What captivates me in Riesling wines is the sharp acidity, very similar to a tart glass of lemonade. 

Note to self, start a Riesling Stand $1… I think Sarah and Beckie will be up for that, given their entrepreneurial spirit.

When it comes to food pairings, think spice. One of the most classic Riesling pairings is spiced duck leg, as well as any strongly spiced meal such as Indian or Asian food. 

Now that you have had a crash course on Riesling wines, it’s time to taste some. Drop by The Good Drop ASAP and we will assist you in all of your Riesling needs. 

Happy Drinking,

The Good Drop Girls 

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A Match Made in Wine Heaven

Hello Wine Lovers,

Welcome Back to The Good Drop Wine Shoppe’s blog. It’s Katherine here again, following up my last post about the 4 types of wine drinkers. I’m here today to give you some ideas on what wines I think you should be drinking based on your wine types. All of these wines we have available in our store so call us to indulge. So, lets fully embrace your wine lifestyle…

The Important: 2014 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino- This varietal perfectly compliments all you Importants out there. Brunello di Montalcino is a wine made with 100% Sangiovese and has Italy’s highest DOCG classification. Famously made from thicker-skinned berries, this wine boasts exceptionally rich flavors due to its ample fruit, high tannin, and high acidity content. Brunello gets better with age, revealing candied figs, dried cherries, and leather notes as the years go on. A normal Brunello di Montalcino requires 5 years total aging, whereas a Riserva requires 6. While somewhat cocky and exuberant, its signature scent and flavor has made it the darling of connoisseurs and collectors worldwide. Brunello… it’s worth the wait.

The Foodie: 2015 Markham Sauvignon Blanc- One of my favorite things about Sauvignon Blanc is that it comes from the French word “sauvage,” meaning wild. This particular varietal originated in the Loire Valley and then grew to be wildly popular in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Now planted all over the world, Sauvignon Blanc offers bursts of acidity, steely cores, and a flavor profile ranging from freshly cut grass to white peach. This particular Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for all you Foodies because of its abundant wet stone and peach aromas, bouquet of citrus zest and honeyed apricots on the palate… making it the perfect, versatile wine for food pairings. Suggested pairings include, white meats, salads, goat cheese, and tomatoes. 

“If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul” – Clifton Fadiman

The Smarty: 2016 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah- This Walla Walla Valley Syrah is a perfect pairing for you Smarties out there. It is a well-balanced wine full of individual depth and character. I chose this particular wine because of the uniqueness of the winery itself. If we can take a moment to geek out… all Cayuse wines are made using biodynamic farming methods. Meaning, the wines are farmed organically, sans chemicals and fertilizers, to protect the foundation of the soil and fruit. In 2002, Cayuse became the first domaine in the Walla Walla Valley to fully implement biodynamic farming. 

The Social: Tattinger Brut Prestige Rosé- This succulent, fruity and supple Rosé from Champagne, France is blended from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Its classic, aromatic Pinot fragrance of red raspberries and strawberries is offset by elegant, subtle floral and earth nuances. On the palate, the ripe, full berry flavors are vibrant yet refined, delicately balanced by a fresh acidity which carries into a crisp, refreshing finish. This bottle of bubbles is the perfect pairing for a girls night, New Years Eve party, and just your average Friday night dinner party. This Prestige Rosé has a depth that warrants- not just appetizers- but, a main course of food and long-lasting memories.

“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine or any other reason” – Latin proverb

A wine lover’s world is wide and rich, and I urge you to be adventurous when it comes to wine during this Covid-19 pandemic. Please comment below and feature @gooddropwineshoppe on Instagram to share your wine lifestyles with us. 

XO,

The Good Drop Girls